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Office Renovation Update (Drywall)

Office Renovation Update (Drywall) - roomfortuesday.com The last office renovation update I shared was in May, so I figured it was time for a progress report! I’ve got good and bad news in regards to my home office project, and I’m also thrilled to share that the drywall is up. This is always the turning point in our projects and I’ve been making some fun decisions for the space. Click through for the latest and to see construction as it currently looks!

Let’s start with the good news… drywall! Emmett worked really hard over the weekend to get the drywall installed. As I previously mentioned, this is always the phase that gets me excited because it begins to feel like a room again. It’s kind of a double edged sword though because it’s my least favorite part of the process because it’s a giant mess once taping and sanding begins. Everything is covered under a layer of drywall dust and the amount of cleaning I need to tackle is daunting. Despite the dust, I’m choosing to celebrate this victory because it took us a LONG time to to get here. The ceiling in this room was sloped by two(!) inches, so Emmett spent a lot of time leveling things out and correcting mistakes from the contractor who built our home.

Office Renovation Update (Drywall) - roomfortuesday.com This week I also made selections for my cabinetry glass. While I love a good textured glass (we have reeded glass on our kitchen cabinets), I wanted to stick with something simple and clear for my office built-ins. They’ll have those X details that will look like mullions and I wouldn’t want any sort of texture to compete with that gorgeous woodworking. If you missed the built-in design plan, check it out here.

Office Renovation Update (Drywall) - roomfortuesday.com I opted for restoration glass, which is handmade by a local Salt Lake City company (Beehive Glass). It’s clear, but looks vintage and isn’t perfectly flat. Unlike other “antiqued” options, there is no cracking finish, seeds, or texture… just clear, organic movement. It cost a bit more than standard glass, but these are the details that make a big difference. I want my built-ins to look like they belong in our Georgian Colonial, and I also don’t want them to look like they were installed in the 90’s (which is when our house was actually built). Good bye builder grade finishes, hello timeless and vintage looking materials!

Office Renovation Update (Drywall) - roomfortuesday.com I also finalized the air return die-cuts for the built-in base. We ended up moving these from the crown to the base because it was less work for Emmett. Aesthetically, I was fine with either… I just wanted to ensure the spacing and size looked decent once it was routed. Here is a test cut, to give you a visual… I did end up making some changes after this sample though. I just failed to get a photo of the updated version.

Office Renovation Update (Drywall) - roomfortuesday.com Prior to drywall, Emmett kindly (with minimal complaining) reworked the electrical for me in this space, when I protested the paddle switches found throughout our home. I wanted pretty light switch covers and they weren’t going to work with our existing setup. Even though it was more work for him, he took the time to trade things out for me. Design acts of service is my love language. Haha! I’m halfway joking. Anyway, we got new switch plates in the Tuesday Made shop, and I was bummed they wouldn’t fit (since I ordered them with my office in mind).

Office Renovation Update (Drywall) - roomfortuesday.com I also approved samples and swatches before leaving on vacation, so our custom credenza stain color is officially set (clear poly on rift cut white oak)… as well as the built-in paint color (Sherwin-Williams Extra White- just like our living room built-ins). You can get a visual of those swatches below…

Office Renovation Update (Drywall) - roomfortuesday.com Ready for the bad news? After countless hours on the phone with One Kings Lane, I learned that they “accidentally” canceled my daybed order (without notifying me). I placed the order back in February. It was supposed to arrive in May. I followed up and didn’t hear back. I followed up again in June and was told lead-times were crazy (understandable). I followed up again in July, and was told, “Oops- please place your order again… it was cancelled.” The price of the daybed increased by $700 and now the lead time is end of January 2022. I’ve continued to call and email customer service, but have yet to hear back. I think at this point, I’m pretty screwed. It’s an exclusive custom piece that is only available from OKL, and we’ve already planned and started the built-ins… which were custom made to accommodate that specific piece of furniture. Oof. I suppose I’ll swallow my pride (and a hefty $700) and re-order the daybed that will now arrive in February, most likely. That’s really my only option at this point. I will say- after this experience, I don’t know that I’ll ever buy custom upholstery from One Kings Lane again. I shared this photo in a post back in February, right after ordering the daybed… wishful thinking on my part that it would arrive on time in May.

Office Renovation Update (Drywall) - roomfortuesday.com I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- this room renovation is probably going to be a year long situation thanks to lead times (and the fact that my daybed will be here in 2022). I’m being pretty cool about it, if I do say so myself. I’d rather it turn out as I had envisioned then switch things up or rework plans for the sake of time. We don’t have any sponsorships for this project, and it has been really nice to do things on our own time. Despite the struggles and challenges we’ve faced thus far, this is the least stressed I’ve been about a project. I’m just allowing things to unfold in their own time and roll with the punches. It will make the finish line that much sweeter, I suppose.

Office Renovation Update (Drywall) - roomfortuesday.com That’s all I’ve got for now. We were dog sitting, Arthur, our friend’s newfie last weekend, and I snapped this hilarious shot of the three of them watching Emmett work. They wanted in so badly! Anyway, I hope you’ll still follow along despite the delays in this space. It will truly be our longest project to date, but that’s life and realistic renovating right now. I’m not trying to cut corners, and switching things up would cost even more money. Upholstery and materials are difficult to come by right now. In the meantime, when we run out of things to keep us busy in the office, we’ll be jumping to our entryway renovation. I’m really excited to share those plans with you in August! Our tile ships next week and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.

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  • Reply
    Peggi
    July 20, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Yay drywall!! That definitely looks more like a room; I’m much better at imagining a space without the chaos of visible studs and wiring. Who knew so many glass choices exist? That’s definitely a detail I would not have considered. Those built-ins are going to be out of this world. Speaking of splendid details…Hellooo, beautiful. (Barry White voice.) Those tortoise switch plate covers are so stinking chic. That corner design? Dang. But they don’t fit? I would assume switch boxes come in standard sizes? Boo. And the biggest Bronx cheer to OKL! “Accidentally” cancelling your order AND raising the price significantly? That seems unscrupulous. Delays caused by natural disasters can’t be helped, but this hits very different. You really do possess a saintly disposition. I fear this would have prompted a “losing my cool” moment. That’s why you’re the pro! One who deserves not only a luxuriously sophisticated work space, but maybe a swanky soiree to celebrate its completion. *clinks imaginary champagne glass Gatsby style* With three dog supervisors, I feel like progress should really fly! Arthur makes Cash look so tiny! (And I’m dying to know about the Xs on the pocket door glass! Are you training the pups to aim their nose smudges?😂) For the record, your renovation timelines always seem reasonably speedy to me, particularly given the level of bespoke detail and meticulous craftsmanship…and that Emmett ALSO has a full time job. You two amaze me. Happy Tuesday, friends!💜💪🏻

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      Sarah
      July 20, 2021 at 9:00 am

      Doesn’t it?! This part of the process always amazes me. It goes from a complete disaster to “ok, this could actually be a room again”. Ha! Like you, it’s also easier for me to envision the outcome once we reach this stage in the process. I’m most excited about the built-ins! I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but I think they’re going to be really beautiful. The light switch plates are standard size, they just don’t fit our actual switch (paddle vs toggle switch). We have those big paddle switches throughout our house, and I wanted toggles in this room, so I could use my fancy light plates. Kudos to Emmett for appeasing me and making it happen. Lol! I almost had the “losing my cool” moment on the phone with OKL. It’s still not resolved, but I’m thinking I’ll just break down and re-buy it this week. Ugh. The dogs were cracking me up! Arthur is just HUGE. Of course Cash was still the pack leader, which is even more hilarious that he bosses the big boys around. The lower part of the built-ins won’t have glass for that specific reason (dog smudges), so just the top cabinets are getting the pretty glass detail! You should see the front doors in our entry and living room- it’s always smudge city. I feel like I clean the windows every other day. Thanks for the pep talk! It has been a whirlwind over here with our regular jobs (me working at the Tuesday Made shop and Emmett busy with his regular job). It has certainly been the renovation that happens on weekends and evenings. Happiest Tuesday to you! Have a fun and productive day :) xo

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    Victoria
    July 20, 2021 at 7:26 am

    Yeah, there’s no reason to force a customer to fix their mistake. A manager would absolutely be able to ‘discount’ the order to the price you were paying originally. Especially for such a big, popular company, this is rubbish customer service. I like that you’re honest about the troubles you have. I would not be as calm as you!

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      Sarah
      July 20, 2021 at 8:50 am

      I’ve been chatting with supervisors and manager with zero luck. I’m definitely feeling disappointed with their customer service- especially for an expensive piece of furniture. It’s not the situation I expected to be in at this stage in the renovation, but I’m trying to roll with the punches and make it work. Ha! I guess that’s all I can do at this point. I hope you’re having a great week, Victoria! xo

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    Colleen
    July 20, 2021 at 7:32 am

    Wow! Way to go Emmett 🥳 Your making progress and the office looks so big and bright. Fantastic! All of the amazing details are so creative and unique. I seriously can’t wait to see those built ins and love the finishes of the credenza 😍
    Ugh! Such a bummer regarding the daybed situation though. Especially since it’s all planned around that one piece 💔 These days it’s not an unfamiliar situation, though incredibly disappointing 😤
    Look at those sweet pups 🥰 that picture made my heart melt. What an adorable trio! Seeing Arthur brought back wonderful childhood memories growing up in Newfoundland ❤️
    Your office is going to be amazing and totally worth the wait. Thanks for sharing the progress, looks fabulous! Have an amazing Tuesday 🥂

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      Sarah
      July 20, 2021 at 8:48 am

      Thank you, Colleen! I’m equally as excited about the built-ins and credenza! We’re finally getting to the fun part of the process, and I’m looking forward to seeing those installed soon. The daybed situation has definitely been disappointing- especially given the price increase and lead-time. Oh well, I feel like there is not much I can do at this point. The dogs were so interested in watching the drywall go up last weekend. Haha! Arthur is such a lovable sweetheart. It was really fun having him here! I’m pretty sure Crosby is depressed that he had to go back home. Haha! He was moping around all day yesterday. I always forget that you grew up in Newfoundland- what a beautiful place to live! I hope you have a wonderful day, Colleen! xox

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    Melissa
    July 20, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Wow, epic customer service fail OKL! I hope they enjoy that extra $700 because it just cost them much more in future sales. I’ve seen custom pieces like your daybed on Etsy. Maybe that could be an option for future projects. Your office will be beautiful when it’s finished and I can’t wait to see your foyer floor!

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      Sarah
      July 20, 2021 at 8:44 am

      I know. I was really disappointed about the daybed and the way they’re handling it, as I’ve ordered from them multiple times in the past, and their customer service has always been great. Needless to say, I won’t be making big furniture purchases from them anymore. I wish we wouldn’t have started the built-ins, otherwise I’d definitely check Etsy or try to find an alternative option. Thanks so much for your kind words, Melissa! Hope you have a great day!

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    Lauren
    July 20, 2021 at 8:15 am

    The progress you’ve been able to make despite the delays is stupendous! I don’t envy the cleanup that’s right around the corner-that is by far the worst part of renovating.
    I love your glass choice. Restoration glass is incredible, and is going to add that perfect touch to the built ins. I can’t wait to see it all come together. Boo to OKL!! That is incredibly frustrating after waiting so long already-with a price hike on top of it?! I completely understand not wanting to work with them again for custom upholstery. I definitely wouldn’t be as cool about it as you are, especially since the rest of the room hinges on that one piece; kudos to you Sarah! Also really loving those switch plate covers-gorgeous choice!! I’m curious: when you say paddle switches, are you referring to the long flat switches? I guess I’m curious about what wasn’t fitting, and the process of remedying to make those switch plates work.
    I have really enjoyed seeing the longer timeline with this project. I know the wait must be excruciating given the excitement you must have about such a beautiful work space, but the slower pace is refreshing. Will the walls be skim coated? I’m interested in knowing more about how you finish your drywall- there’s a standard in California that I can’t stand, but I don’t know another way, haha. It’s coming together Sarah, and it’s going to be fantastic when it’s all finished. I hope your Tuesday is off to a lovely start! Xo

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      Sarah
      July 20, 2021 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Lauren! I’m excited about the glass. I think it’s going to look really nice! As for the day bed, that has been a major thorn in my side. Hah! I’m still trying to get that resolved this week, but am not having good luck. In regards to the light switches… yes, you’re exactly right! We have paddle switches throughout our entire house (rather than the toggle switches). Well, now we’ll have toggle switches in the office, so I can use my new light plates, but everywhere else we still have the long, flat switches. I’m glad you don’t mind the longer timeline! I feel like in this day and age of social media, everyone expects a FAST before and after image or quick project for the sake of entertainment. That’s just not reality for us. We’ll be taping the drywall seams, mudding, sanding, and then priming. The walls will have a smooth finish (no texture). I’ll share some videos when we get to that part. Happy Tuesday! Hope you’re having a super time in Salt Lake!! xo

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    Danna F
    July 20, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Enjoying the progress in the office. The dogs standing at the door is the cutest! Lucky girl that Emmett will take the time to put in those little extras for you. Can’t wait to see them. I don’t know why but I am so impressed with the cuts in the air duct returns. The reed glass will tie in so nice with kitchen cabinets. This is going to look so nice! Ugh, cannot believe about your daybed! I am so sorry. I would be on that phone all day to give them a piece of my mind.
    With each week and month that you work on a project, I believe you are able to appreciate it more than when it is rushed for deadline or impending need. You and Emmett will look back years from now and remember every aspect and smile…I am sure…because it will be beautiful! Hang in there you are doing great!

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      Sarah
      July 20, 2021 at 8:36 am

      Thanks so much, Danna! This project is definitely dragging along, but I’m getting excited with each thing we cross of the to-do list. I think the air return will end up alright! Initially I was bummed that it had to somehow integrate with the built-in wall, but I’m hoping it looks pretty seamless. The daybed has been a pain. I’m still trying to resolve that with OKL, but no luck. I’m going to give it a couple more days, then I need to swallow my pride and place the order. Argh. Thanks for your kind words and little pep talk- that’s so appreciated! We’re definitely making some good memories during the process and I’m excited to finally have a beautiful office space to enjoy here soon. Hope you have a great Tuesday! xo

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    Danielle
    July 21, 2021 at 6:49 am

    I realize you may have already come to a hard decision about the OKL daybed, but you can add me to the list of people who think you absolutely should not have to reorder it at a higher price when it was canceled by the company without reason or notice. I don’t know what the cost difference would be, but are there any local furniture makers you could work with to replicate the dimensions and fit in the built-ins? Is there some custom or semi-custom furniture company you could work with and promote here on the blog? This would be a great opportunity for some company to showcase themselves in a positive light. I wish Maiden Home did custom furniture!

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      Sarah
      July 21, 2021 at 8:20 am

      I’m with you, Danielle! I wish Maiden Home did custom as well, because I would certainly order from them. I love your thought on going the local custom route! I actually did check with the two custom furniture makers I typically use locally, and both have longer lead-times unfortunately. I’m so happy that their business is booming though! I definitely learned a valuable lesson when it comes to what I order from OKL. I’m hoping to get things resolved today, so who knows where I’ll end up. I’ll keep everyone updated! Hope you’re having a great week!

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    Teri
    July 21, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Sarah, before you reorder from OKL check out Sofa Biz in SLC. They custom design and build furniture and I can tell you the pieces I have had them make have been very good quality. I did provide the fabric, but the workmanship was top notch. Give them a call. I don’t live in Utah but would go there for custom furniture all day long.

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      Sarah
      July 23, 2021 at 8:34 pm

      Teri- I just wanted to say THANK YOU!! I’m going with Sofa Biz and am so much happier about this entire situation. Thanks for the recommendation and the introduction :) Have a wonderful weekend!

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    Jackie
    August 2, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Sarah, I love following along with this project! As many others have said, I can’t believe OKL!! Your post actually got me wondering about the status of 2 of my OKL orders that I haven’t heard any status updates for since May and turns out they cancelled my order too without saying a word. This happened to my friend as well so it seems to be a trend with them lately which is extremely disappointing. I’m glad you figured out your couch situation but I wish OKL had made the situation right. Their customer service is unbelievable on this topic — ok end rant :)

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      Sarah
      August 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks, Jackie! I am SO bummed to hear that you’re having the same OKL experience right now. Their excuse to me was that they switched software programs and many people had cancelled orders without notifications. I understand tech issues happen, but my disappointment has been in resolving the issue- they basically ghosted me and are ignoring my calls and emails. I can relate to your disappointment. Ugh! I hate that you’re having to deal with this as well… AND your friend, too. That’s terrible. I’ll gladly listen to your rant, because it sounds like we’re all in the same boat (unfortunately). Good luck! xo

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